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3D/Tomosynthesis Digital Mammography

Why Mammography at Maui Diagnostic Imaging?

At Maui Diagnostic Imaging we perform 3D digital mammograms that utilizes computer-aided detection (CAD) for all screening mammograms. The state-of-the-art 3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. During the 3D mammogram, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. A computer then produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail. The radiologist can then scroll through images of the entire breast like pages of a book.

These images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging. By looking at the tissue in one-millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment because now they can see breast tissue more clearly. With our 3D mammography our certified radiologists are able to find cancers earlier, with a 27% increase in cancer detection and a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection. Furthermore, 3D mammography significantly reduces callbacks by 20-40%.

Information from Manufacture - Siemens

MAMMOMAT Revelation, from Siemens Healthineers, is the next generation of 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis). Its unique wide 50-degree angle, the industry’s highest depth resolution, captures more detail for extremely high-quality 3D images that increase diagnostic confidence and enable earlier detection of even subtle lesions.

MAMMOMAT Revelation is also the first mammography platform to provide automated breast density measurements at the point of examination.  High breast density can increase the risk of developing cancer. Currently, breast density is estimated visually during the image reading process, usually after the patient leaves. With MAMMOMAT Revelation, getting this information during the exam enables immediate and personalized risk assessment, and allows Maui Diagnostic Imaging to provide supplemental imaging while the patient is in her exam.

What to Expect:

1. Preparation: Before the exam, you may be asked to remove your clothing above the waist and wear a gown provided by the facility. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, or lotions on your chest area, as they can interfere with the imaging process.

2. Imaging machine: You will be positioned in front of a mammography machine, which is a large X-ray machine specifically designed for breast imaging. The machine consists of two panels, one which compresses the breast and a receptor panel that takes the X-ray image.

3. Compression: The technologist will position your breast on a platform and then gradually compress it with a clear plastic paddle. Compression is necessary to spread out the breast tissue, improve image and quality. However, it can cause temporary discomfort or a slight pinch, which lasts only for a few seconds.

4. Multiple views: X-ray images of each breast are taken. The technologist will hold your breast in place for each image, and you will be required to hold your breath for a few seconds to minimize movement and ensure clear images.

5. Image evaluation: After the images are taken, the technologist and radiologist review them to assess the quality and determine if additional images are required. The radiologist will interpret the images and provide a report to your healthcare provider.

6. Duration: The entire mammogram process usually takes around 15-30 minutes.

It is important to note that mammograms are generally safe and effective in detecting breast abnormalities, but it's always a good idea to discuss any concerns or questions with your healthcare provider prior to the exam.

ACR Accredited Facility

Maui Diagnostic Imaging is recognized as a Mammography Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology.

Mammography Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology

Our compassionate all female technologists are with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the peace of mind you deserve with accurate mammograms you can trust.